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Is it ok to eat iron-fortified foods while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Jeffrey Min
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

During breastfeeding, your baby takes all sort of nutrition out of you body and iron is one of them. To keep your iron stores good for your baby and breastfeeding, it is good to eat iron fortified foods.

In brief: Yes

During breastfeeding, your baby takes all sort of nutrition out of you body and iron is one of them. To keep your iron stores good for your baby and breastfeeding, it is good to eat iron fortified foods.
Dr. Jeffrey Min
Dr. Jeffrey Min
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Women are much more prone to anemia.
It is always a good idea to pay attention to the nutrients in our diets, specially with the added stressors of pregnacy and childbirth.

In brief: Yes

Women are much more prone to anemia.
It is always a good idea to pay attention to the nutrients in our diets, specially with the added stressors of pregnacy and childbirth.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Definitely, it is encouraged.

In brief: Yes

Definitely, it is encouraged.
Dr. Scott Katz
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

It is great to eat a diet rich in iron while breastfeeding.
Making sure you do not become iron-deficient is very important to prevent your baby from developing iron. If your doctor has prescribed you an iron supplement for anemia, that is very safe to do as well.

In brief: Yes

It is great to eat a diet rich in iron while breastfeeding.
Making sure you do not become iron-deficient is very important to prevent your baby from developing iron. If your doctor has prescribed you an iron supplement for anemia, that is very safe to do as well.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Be advised that the nutrient content of breast milk remains remarkably constant, regardless of the mother's diet.
Mother's intake of extra iron will not increase the amount of iron in her breast milk.

In brief: Yes

Be advised that the nutrient content of breast milk remains remarkably constant, regardless of the mother's diet.
Mother's intake of extra iron will not increase the amount of iron in her breast milk.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park
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Dr. Paul Trani
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Yes. It is ok, and often encouraged for moms at risk for iron deficiency.
Though breast milk contains low levels of iron, that iron is in a form that is much more likely to be absorbed and used by the baby. Thumbs up!

In brief: Yes

Yes. It is ok, and often encouraged for moms at risk for iron deficiency.
Though breast milk contains low levels of iron, that iron is in a form that is much more likely to be absorbed and used by the baby. Thumbs up!
Dr. Paul Trani
Dr. Paul Trani
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

If it was ok for a mom to eat iron-fortified foods before pregnancy, then it should be fine for her to eat iron-fortified foods while breastfeeding.
In regards to a baby, his iron-fortified foods are usually baby formula and baby cereals. If a baby is older than about 6 months, he can eat iron-fortified baby cereals while breastfeeding.

In brief: Yes

If it was ok for a mom to eat iron-fortified foods before pregnancy, then it should be fine for her to eat iron-fortified foods while breastfeeding.
In regards to a baby, his iron-fortified foods are usually baby formula and baby cereals. If a baby is older than about 6 months, he can eat iron-fortified baby cereals while breastfeeding.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

No problem.

In brief: Yes

No problem.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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